September 5, 2003


UAF is growing. A record number of students participated in orientation activities Aug. 31 - Sept. 3 and Residence Life is expecting more than 1,300 students to live in on-campus housing this semester.

Steve Sparrow has been named associate dean of the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences. Sparrow began his duties Aug. 25.

Richard Caulfield has been named associate dean of academic programs for CRA.

The Rasmuson Library will be rededicated Sept. 12 from 2-3:30 p.m. during a ceremony hosted by Chancellor Lind and library director Paul McCarthy. Those wishing to attend the ceremony are asked to R.S.V.P. to Chris Bennett at 7112 or

ARSC, in conjunction with Cray Inc., has announced the release of a new portable version of the Cray Bioinformatics Library (CBL). While the original version was configured for Cray hardware, the new portable version is not hardware specific. For more information or to download the portable CBL visit

Chief Peter John, the traditional chief of Alaska's Athabascan people, died Aug. 8 at the age of 102. In the 1960's he began working with university linguists and anthropologists and was a guest lecturer in several UAF classes. John received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from UAF in 1994 and had a great deal of impact on current and former UAF students and employees.

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Campus construction continues, so be sure to look for signs. Tanana Loop roadwork is complete and the sidewalks have been set. Work on the roundabout will take place through the winter. The Natural Sciences Facility parking lot will reopen Sept. 5, along with a portion of the Arctic Health west parking lot. Work on filling the utilidor trench and reconstruction of the mall area is scheduled to continue until October.

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Tim Barnett, dean of student affairs, began his duties Aug. 18. Barnett was most recently vice president of student affairs at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. Barnett received his Ph.D. in education and business from the Claremont Graduate School in 1997.

SFOS researchers, with assistance from the National Marine Fisheries Service, recently mapped the first known geologically active undersea volcano in the Aleutian Islands. The volcano is 1,903 feet tall and its peak is 377 feet below sea level. Aleut language experts are assisting with naming the volcano.

NASA's top administrator Sean O'Keefe visited the Poker Flat Research Range in August, accompanied by NASA General Counsel Paul Pastorek.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner's second annual Readers Choice Awards included UAF. The University Fire Department was the number one fire department. Basketball coach Al Sokaitis and hockey coach Guy Gadowsky came in first and second in the favorite coaches category. The Nanook hockey team won second for best local sports team. The UA Museum took third for best place to bring a tourist.

The Alpha Helix, a research vessel operated by SFOS, recently rescued a boater in distress in Resurrection Bay. The boater was treated for moderate hypothermia and transported to Seward.

Mike Earnest is the new associate director of admissions. Earnest comes to UAF from the University of Northern Arizona where he coordinated graduate distance learning programs.

Jeri Maxwell has been promoted to associate director of operations for Wood Center and Sarah Comstock is the new associate director of programing.

Link Olson has joined the UA Museum as curator of mammals. Olson was most recently a post-doctoral fellow at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Terry Dowdy is the new director of Environmental Health & Safety and Risk Management, formerly Codes and Safety.

Roger Topp, UA Museum, is one of three participants nationally invited to present at the U.S. Department of Commerce's Rural Telecommunications Conference in October.

Andrew Lang, SFOS, is co-author of "High Diversity of Unknown Picorna-like Viruses in the Sea," published in Nature on Aug. 28.

David Newman, CSEM, and fellow researchers at other institutions, were interviewed recently by Nightline, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle about their research relating to large scale power outages.

The UAF Weekly Science Calendar has resumed. You can submit science related events by noon on Wednesday the week before your event to For more information visit

The Tanana Valley Campus Center is now open at 604 Barnette St. For a list of departments now located at the center visit

The Rasmuson Library has a new online journal list. Find out if the library has the journal you're looking for by visiting

TVC applied business faculty will submit features to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner business section throughout the fall.

Engineers Without Frontiers (EWF) has come to UAF as a new student club. The 13th chapter of EWF is housed in the civil and environmental engineering department. For more information contact Peter Brown or Andrew Eklund at 5054 or visit

The UA Board of Regents will meet Sept. 17 - 18 at the Mat-Su College in Palmer.

The last day for faculty and student initiated drops is Sept. 19.


Polarpalooza, a free concert featuring local artists with headline bands Anatomy of a Ghost from Portland, Ore. and The Roman Candles from Anchorage, takes place Sept. 6 from 2 - 8 p.m. in the former Fountain of Flags plaza. For more information visit

World renowned physicist Sir Roger Penrose, professor of mathematics at Oxford, will present a physics colloquium Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. in room 201 of the Natural Sciences Facility and a public lecture Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium, and Penrose has been acclaimed as one of the most brilliant mathematical physicists of our time.

The UAF Department of Military Science and Leadership is hosting an open house in the field in front of the SRC Sept. 9 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The UAF Student Job Fair is being held Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Wood Center. Registration deadline is Sept. 5. For more information call Patti at 7596 or visit

The University Women's Association is hosting a welcome tea Sept. 14 from 2 - 4 p.m. U.W.A. membership is open to all interested in supporting UAF. For more information call Cynthia Dorman at 457-4428.

A workshop on facilitating work groupsand public meetings will take place Sept. 24-25 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Fairbanks Princess Hotel. It's sponsored by Resource Solutions, part of the UAA Environment and Natural Resources Institute. For more information contact Jane Oakley at (907) 257-2717 or or visit

The 2003 International Tundra Experiment Science workshop is being held Sept. 26 - 29 at Chena Hot Springs Resort. For more information and registration visit

The UA Museum Saturday Family program, Digital Photography, is coming up Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. - noon. The program is for children aged 7 - 12 accompanied by an adult and costs $10. Reservations are required. For more information or reservations call 6948.

The 2003 Subsurface Science Symposium, sponsored by the Inland Northwest Research Alliance, takes place Oct. 5 - 8 in Salt Lake City. For more information visit

The 21st Wakefield Fisheries Symposium, "Assessment and Management of New and Developed Fisheries in Data-Limited Situations," takes place Oct. 22 - 25 in Anchorage. Early registration ends Sept. 19. For more information visit

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Changing Vistas

It's exciting to see our students returning to campus this fall with the tangible results of $60 million in facilities projects emerging from the dust and construction clutter. West Ridge has changed dramatically over the summer, and the campus core area has been renewed, restored and redesigned.

I am also looking forward to the rededication of the revitalized library Sept. 12 in memory of Elmer E. Rasmuson. Prominent Alaskans, including his wife Mary Louise Rasmuson and their son Ed, will help celebrate the many contributions Elmer made to the history and development of the university and the state.

These positive changes are the outward expression of an internal commitment we made three years ago as we set out on a mission to increase our expectations and raise our standards.

I'm confident we're moving in the right direction in our enrollment management efforts.

Nearly 600 students participated in orientation activities over the Labor Day weekend and we're expecting an increase in enrollment for the fourth year in a row. We've recently filled positions critical to providing quality programs and services to our students. Susan Henrichs is making an impact as the Graduate School dean and vice provost for instructional affairs and Tim Barnett will provide leadership for already existing programs as the dean of student affairs. Some fine examples of student-centered programs can be found at the Tanana Valley Campus where attention is currently focused on its new Barnette Street location.

We're entering a new era. We've made great strides in developing new academic and research programs and the facilities to accommodate this growth.

Of course we face challenges as we make the transition to an outcomes-based budget and planning approach, but from my perspective, we're obligated to change our outlook to adjust to the economic landscape. We have a cadre of talented faculty and staff providing quality programs and we're looking at ways to provide new facilities to accommodate our growth. We're not just raising new buildings at UAF–we're raising our standards.

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